Christopher Watts became one of the most infamous family murderers in American history after he confessed to killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and his two young daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
Chris Watts’ Family Goes Missing, and the Lies Begin
On August 13, 2018, Chris Watts’ wife, Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and his two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, were reported missing from their Colorado home. Watts gave multiple emotional interviews pleading for the safe return of his family. He insisted to the police that he had last seen his family at around 5 a.m. that morning before leaving for work; he claimed he only briefly spoke to his wife who had just returned from a business trip.
But despite Watts’ teary interviews, three days after the disappearances, police found the corpses of Shannan and her daughters hidden on an oil site owned by Watts’ former employer. Watts confessed to murder, but only Shanann’s. He claimed he only killed her after seeing her kill their children via the baby monitor.
Watts’ lies continued to crash around him, however. It was soon discovered that he was having an affair with his coworker Nichol Kessinger, who publicly insisted she had no idea he had been married at the start of their relationship, and later claimed to be under the impression that Watts was in the process of finalizing a divorce.
Confessing to Murder
On November 6 of that same year, Watts pleaded guilty to killing his entire family in order to avoid the death penalty. He confessed to strangling both his wife and kids to death. He claims the murders were the result of an argument between the couple, in which his wife threatened to take away their daughters when Watts admitted to having an affair and asked for a divorce. He has been moved to a maximum security prison in Wisconsin to finish the rest of his three consecutive life sentences. He claims to keep a photo of his wife and kids in his prison cell.